Doubek leaves Daily Herald for Reboot Illinois ‘mission’

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Madeleine Doubek, the veteran journalist who rose up the ranks of the Daily Herald to become executive editor and one of the most powerful women in Chicago media, is leaving the newspaper after 27 years.


Doubek resigned Friday to become chief operating officer of Reboot Illinois, a new, nonpartisan digital and social media service dedicated to involving citizens in key issues facing the state.


Expected to launch this fall on a variety of platforms, the initiative is being led by hedge fund manager Anne Dias Griffin, who runs Aragon Global Management and is the wife of billionaire Kenneth Griffin. Matthew Dietrich, former editorial page editor of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, previously was named executive editor of Reboot Illinois.


In an email exchange Friday, Doubek told me it was “gut wrenching” for her to leave “so many exceptional people at the Daily Herald who are outstanding, caring journalists,” adding: “I could not possibly be prouder of them and of the wonderful work public service work we’ve done together. I know they will continue to do terrific journalism that makes such a measurable difference in our communities. They are my extended family and always will be in my heart. 


“The Reboot Illinois mission is one that has been growing in my heart for many years and growing in its critical importance in our state. Helping to launch Reboot is such a thrilling opportunity. We intend to do all we can to help Illinoisans retake ownership of their governments. It's time for all of us citizens to make a positive difference. It might sound idealistic, but I believe deeply we can and we must, together, pay our state's bills, create more jobs, give our children the education they deserve and hold our elected officials accountable. 


“We're excited to be able to do that through non-partisan, digital and social media that will provide residents with both the high-quality, professional journalism they need, and the customized digital tools to take action and improve our state.”


A Chicago native and graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Doubek joined the Daily Herald as a reporter in 1985 and held a variety of editorial positions, including political editor, before she was named managing editor in 2007. She was promoted to executive editor and assistant vice president of the suburban daily in 2010.


In a memo to Daily Herald staffers, editor John Lampinen called Doubek “always a passionate journalist who relentlessly looks out for the public good.” He said she also was “a mentor to many of you, a colleague to all of us, a strategic adviser to corporate leadership and, if I can add a personal note, a special friend whose skills I always have admired and whose counsel, dedication and ‘truth-to-power’ feedback I always have valued.”


Lampinen said he looked forward to working with Doubek in her new role. “We will be in touch, and we will be collaborating as best we can on those endeavors that enhance the public interest,” he said.



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Lawrence B
Lawrence B

Read your column in Tuesdays Sun-Times.  The one place Illinois can cut is in all the people working for the State of Illinois. It's common knowledge that it takes three to four people in the government to do the same job that it takes one person to do in the private sector. So, the State can reduce the work force by a minimum of two thirds. How much of a savings would that be?  I am speaking about all the people working in all the different offices in the State. The majority of these jobs, I call "welfare jobs". These jobs were given to people as a favor to some politician. These people were put into jobs that were not needed.  Why everyone overlooks this, I will never know. It's right there in your face, how can you not see this?  Governor Bruce Rauner is a business man. When a company is going bankrupt, isn't the first thing you do is lay people off?  This should be common knowledge for him. But it seems that the minute someone gets into politics, common sense goes right out the window.  Every office, every department needs to keep only the people they actually need to do the job of that office, and everyone else needs to go. Very simple solution. The State will save millions of dollars. This is so obvious and the Governor being a business man should know this. If he doesn't do this, he is just another politician and nothing in Illinois will ever change.


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